Property Taxes: the Silent Killer

Monday, June 18

If you own property, you probably pay property tax of some kind.  They're unavoidable, and uncontrollable. As such, property tax is one of the most important line items to consider in the overhead expenses of property ownership.  In recently reviewing my properties' tax burden I noticed a large g...


7 Simple Way to Up your Advertising Game

Friday, June 15

It's time to up our game in my rental market.  Rents are leveling off and ad volume is increasing.  Here are 7 simple ways I'm upping my marketing game. 1. Professional photos Potential tenants are looking for amenities, and photos showing them off.  Put your best foot forward and invest in profe...


The 3 Google tools every Long-Distance Investor Needs

Friday, June 15

Google is amazing.  Here is a list of their products that I couldn't work without.1. MapsThe most obvious, but if you're not taking virtual drives around the neighborhood in the Google-mobile, or peering into the neighbors' backyards with the satellite images, you should be.  As a remote investor...


Streamline your Renovations with a Style Guide: 6 Steps

Friday, June 15

When embarking on a renovation project there are many factors to consider, and so many choices to make it can seem overwhelming, not to mention time consuming.  That's why you need a style guide. Long a staple of journalism students and professional brand managers, a style guide will help your re...


Cash Hiding in Plain Sight

Friday, June 15

I recently closed on a property using cash.  But I didn't use hard money, and I didn't liquefy my brokerage account to get it. I used margin.  It's easy, flexible, and low cost.  And it was hiding in plain sight.If you or your possibly money sources have a brokerage account, you may be able to us...


8 Lessons in Landlording I learned as an Unhappy Renter.

Friday, June 15

I am in a big fight with my landlord.  It's been unpleasant for everyone, and I wish we could have avoided this situation.  In reviewing years worth of discussions and thinking about what could have been done differently, I have gleaned 8 important lessons to remember as a landlord.1. Be NiceI di...